Hi there! I’m Rachel Shingleton, and I am the creative director and blogger at Pencil Shavings Studio. I am so excited to be here contributing as a Style Spotter for BHG. I love design in all its forms, and I’m especially crazy about color. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite tips and tricks with the BHG community.
I’m a lifelong bookworm and I love nothing more than having my favorite reads around me. But it’s a slippery slope when keeping all those books organized and still be part of my decor. Whether your home has built-ins or freestanding shelves, styling those bookshelves may take a little more time and thought than you might have expected.
Start with a clean slate of completely empty shelves. Prep a selection of books that you want to display. I’m currently in love with collecting redesigned hardcover classic books from the Penguin Drop Caps series and other publishers who’ve hired some pretty fantastic graphic artists to create gorgeous covers. I’m always interested in colorful books on interior design, fashion, textiles, travel, and photography to add to my library, but consider the overall look you want to create. Do you want a eclectic multicolored collection or something more monochromatic?
Bookshelves look best when not completely overcrowded. In fact, having a decent amount of unfilled or “blank” space will help your items to pop and look more intentional. Don’t be afraid of blank space. It will give your eye a place to rest so it doesn’t look cluttered or overwhelming. Experiment with arranging books both horizontally and vertically. But remember – group items together going from smallest to largest, especially when stacking them.
Definitely plan on spending some time arranging and rearranging until you get just the right look. And remember – those shelves aren’t just for books. Create more visual interest by sourcing fun decor items such as frames, candles, pottery, brass objets, vintage china, small clocks, lacquered boxes, bookends, statues, clocks, small plants, or magazine boxes. The sky’s the limit on what you can create!
I love the bold pops of chartreuse and citrus in these built-ins. The pale grey paint is neutral but still enough contrast to make even white look stellar.
With a damask wallpapered backdrop, these bookshelves have a homey and eclectic aesthetic. Family photos share the space with favorite books and found objects.
Repetition is a great way to make a statement with your shelves. By stacking all the books and keeping the heights the same, everything feels planned and intentional.
- Penguin Classics Drop Cap Series
- Yellow Vase
- Happy Chic nesting boxes
- Dwell Studio Antelope sculpture
- Jonathan Adler Dachshund bookends
- Geo Terrarium
- Adeco Red Vase
There are endless reasons why black and white creates a winning combination. Together they become a classic yet bold medley that continuously thrives within the home decor and fashion worlds.
When it comes to selecting products for organizing, you can’t go wrong with this dynamic duo. The classic combination will ensure the storage you are investing in remains timeless for years. The best part is that black and white pairs beautifully with an endless variety of colors and patterns, so although your tastes may change, your storage doesn’t have to.
Being BHG’s beauty guru means that I get to test products before they even hit the market. I love writing about all of the latest and greatest, but I’ve learned that new doesn’t necessarily mean better. Here, a few of my tried-and-true favorites—they’re worth every single penny!
CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor ($6.50; drugstores)
For the money, you really truly cannot beat these lipsticks. My favorite is a red-orange shade called Hot, but there are countless other colors to choose from. The hue stays true to what’s shown in the tube, the color wears evenly so you’re not stuck with a ring around your mouth, and the more you wear it, the softer your lips get.
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray ($23; sephora.com)
Skipping a day or two between washes makes a huge difference in the health of your hair—a spritz or two of dry shampoo at your roots will absorb oil, so hair looks as good as the day you styled it. I love this version because it sprays on clear—it won’t look white or powdery even on brunettes—and has a fresh, lemony scent.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Day SPF 30 ($21.99; drugstores)
Retinol, an ingredient that boosts collagen and elastin production, is the one anti-aging ingredient that nearly all dermatologists agree on. Using this retinol cream daily has made a more noticeable difference in my fine lines than far pricier products. Plus, this one boasts a broad-spectrum sunscreen, so you don’t have to apply something separate.
Gillette Venus & Olay Razor ($10.99; drugstores)
The real game-changer is the glycerin strip that surrounds the five blades. It altogether eliminates the need for shave cream! I’m grateful for the extra shelf space in my shower—and for no more tough-to-remove rings from metal cans!
Glamglow Youthmud ($69; sephora.com)
Have you ever looked in the mirror and just felt blah? A ten-minute session with this super-scrubby volcanic ash and green tea mask is the cure. It sloughs away that layer of dead cells that makes skin look dull and temporarily tightens. Let me put it this way: I always, always get compliments on mornings I use it.
What are your favorite beauty game-changers? Tweet me @EllenMillerBty!
Trend: Open Kitchen Shelving!
I am swooning big time over the loveliness that comes with gorgeously styled open kitchen shelving. And not only are they uber lovely, but they are also an absolutely fantastic solution for dishes, appliances, baking goods and other kitchen necessities. Especially in apartments and smaller spaces in which storage is limited.
The days of kitchens designed with wall to wall concealed storage are gone, folks are having a blast putting their dishes and kitchen gadgets on display!
While store bought shelving units are an inexpensive upgrade to kitchens that don’t have enough built-in storage…
Open shelves are an inexpensive way to give kitchens a nice and airy feeling!
Open shelving can also provide added flexibility. Easily cut down to size, shelves can be fit into awkward spaces to create extra storage and display space.
The shelves themselves are not the only functioning piece of the equation; many different accessories such as wine glass racks and mug hooks can be added to the bottom side of the shelving to double the storage capacity.
Shelving also has a way of really highlighting those items that are frequently used and/or have special meaning. A bold backdrop, such as a vibrant paint color or tile, really make the kitchen accessories pop.
They can also frame out a window while boasting storage where you would least expect it.
If you already have your walls filled with functioning cabinetry, but adore the look of open shelving, a simple solution is just removing the cabinet doors. This also gives you quick access to the items you use most often.
Plate slats can also be added to open cabinets, which is an added bonus!
A large hutch is another great solution to open kitchen storage. In fact, many sport a concealed area for tucking away bulky appliances and an open section for all those pretty dishes and accessories.
Open shelving isn’t for everyone. If you don’t love the idea of extra dusting from time to time, but adore the look that comes with the open shelving trend, swap out your cabinet doors with ones that are glass faced. Bonus points for painting or lining the cabinet backs with a bright and bold color or pattern.
Trend: Dipped Baskets!
Of course, these super chic baskets can be used to store just about anything, but I think they would be most darling in a child’s play space. Whether that is your living room, playroom or bedroom, they are versatile enough to house a variety of toys while your kiddos are young, and transform into beautiful adult storage when they are grown.
What are other functional, fun and smart ways to store all those toys? Here are a few more ideas.
Storage ottomans have to be one of my most favorite simple solutions for toys. They come in so many colors, shapes and sizes; and they double as seating or a place to prop up your feet. They can be tucked into corners and under console tables or be placed in front of the sofa. The best part is that most are soft sided, making them even more kid friendly. I love that they keep the toy clutter discreetly tucked away, yet toys are simple to access at playtime.
A sideboard or a set of cabinets can also be relied upon for tucked away toy storage. Chic on the outside yet they boast all sorts of storage for games and bulky toys on the inside! The best part is that they can also be used in just about any room in the home.
Bookcases or cubbies keep toys right within reach and keep it simple for youngsters to access the items they adore, and they also provide the versatility of mixing and matching baskets and bins for both concealed and open storage.
Within our own personal playroom, space was awkward and limited so I used some Expedit bookcases to create benches that not only provide oodles of low toy storage, but also double as seating. Multi-functional solution for the win!
Open bin storage units not only look great, but separate toys by type, are ultra durable and also assist in quick clean-ups.
Sliding bins and crate like bins with wheels tuck nicely under shelving and furniture when not being used, yet are easy peasy to pull out when it’s time to play.
Mini suitcases are not only darling room accessories, they also make great storage for all those itty bitty toys and miscellaneous items that kids tend to find and “collect”.
Pocket organizers utilize a room’s vertical space and are especially great for housing dolls and their accessories.
As much as I adore a good woven basket, canvas bins are a bit more durable and the soft sided edges make them especially ideal for little ones. They are also lighter weight and come in a large variety of colors, patterns and sizes.
Trend: Jewelry Displays!
The days of tucking our jewels away in pretty boxes and drawers are gone, today, we are putting those bangles on display!
It really makes sense as an extremely practical way of organizing jewelry since it allows us to see what we have, and ensure nothing gets forgotten or lost. It makes it simple when planning an outfit, to glance over and pick the icing. Hanging jewelry also prevents tangles and allows the items to remain separated.
As functional as jewelry displays are, they also look pretty enough to become part of the room’s decor!
Jewelry displays can be created in numerous ways, but most often times involve a darling frame with inserts of varying materials. Knobs and hooks are also often times used.
For my own personal jewelry organization, I mixed and matched a few different display options. Cork board for necklaces, radiator grate for earrings, an egg crate for earring studs and pins, a ceramic hand for rings and a pretty dish for bracelets. I like the setup on my dresser and keeps all the different pieces categorized.
Speaking of dishes; tea cups, saucers and bowls all make great jewelry storage. Earrings can dangle from the lip of the cup or bowl, and smaller items can rest inside.
Another option is a jewelry stand, which is often times tiered plates or dishes which allow you to categorize each level of contents.
How about a tree!? Not only are they sculptural and pretty, jewelry trees are really great for holding all types of jewelry while also reducing the risk of tangles.
Of course, the traditional methods of organizing jewelry have been around for years and years, because they work so well! You can never go wrong with drawer organizers which allow you to divide out the contents and quickly find just what you need. They come in many different sizes and finishes; even cutlery trays work great!
Jewelry boxes keep everything tucked safely and neatly inside, and reduce any visual jewelry clutter. The box below functions as storage on the inside and out, allowing you to place your frequently used pieces on top, and less often used items inside!
I am a huge fan of keeping a jewelry landing spot such as the one above or a small dish bedside as well, for my wedding ring and favorite pair of earrings.
There are so many great ways to organize your jewelry, such a memo boards, trays, dishes, trees, stands and organizers, you may find that just one system is the perfect solution for everything, or go the mix and match route to customize your ideal blingy jewelry storage.